Day Seventeen: Why Pay for Diet Plans?

Flashing signs. Annoying ads that refuse to be blocked. Random blinking notifications on the sidebars of your favorite website. We all know (hopefully, but unfortunately), about the spam that bombards us every day of our lives. It's there, breeding and growing ever larger with each new member of the spamming family multiplying its influence. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but I hate when companies think that annoying notices to buy their product or try out a diet diet that cuts down belly flab will get you to click on their link. Years of SEO and marketing research have already proven that such advertising strategies as Google Adsense don't make as much profit as they seem. Sure, they do generate a fair amount of money for the company, but on the large scale it's Google and the other ad providers who are making more money than the actual person trying to sell their product.

For instance, earlier I was trying to log into my Facebook account and on the sidebar of a Flash gaming website, I noticed something flashing that looked pretty similar to the notification bar of my Facebook account. Being on a website that is usually bombarded with messages from sponsors, I should've immediately known that this was some ad, and that my friends were not actually trying to contact me in vain. But, naturally, I was too gullible to discriminate this from the truth and thus clicked on the link, which prompted me to some website advertising a new shake that would help women lose weight as well as download viruses onto their computer. It was out of sheer luck that my brother had already installed an anti-virus software onto my computer. I'm far too n00bish in terms of technology to know when those messages are fake.

Speaking of which, I've been saying a lot about those advertisements that promise quick weight loss plans. Maybe it's targeted towards fiances who wish to fit into a bridal gown or towards girls who need to look good for an upcoming screening event. Whatever the reason, there are always companies trying to promise quick weight loss plans. Having seen these for myself, they all seem to be a bunch of junk. Not to say that there aren't some e-books with reliable plans, but the main thing comes down to how you eat and how you handle your lifestyle. If you're healthy and balance your intake of food with your daily exercise, you'll be healthy and not overweight to begin with.

Then there's the argument that some people have naturally occurring fast metabolisms. Unfortunately, this is true and not all people are blessed with the ability to maintain a healthy weight low enough for the standards of today's society. Thus, the weight-loss plans were born.

Most of the fast ones are really, in respect, crash-and-burn diets. They rely on extremely low calories, the minimum needed to survive, and promise up to 10 lbs lost in a week or less. Naturally, this is impossible to sustain, as going back to a regular diet is nearly impossible unless you're fine with gaining back all of the weight you had lost in the first place. With countless celebrities endorsing these diets, e.g. Beyonce and the lemon juice cleanse, there's bound to be followers. And thus, an industry is born.

I personally checked out one called the Military Diet, or the 3-Day Diet. It's basically a food regime that's cheap, easy-to-prepare, and most importantly promise quick results. After looking over the health aspect, which is surprisingly well balanced, I noticed an important aspect of this diet. It relies on calorie counting more than anything. All of the substitutions, though they seem at first to have solid scientific backing, are really just excuses. The main point of the diet is to starve the body into burning fat, because the human body cannot burn fat and store fat at the same time. Overdo your intake of food? Fat stored. Starving your body of nutrients? Fat loss.

But although weight loss is assured by such programs, the majority of the loss weight is in water weight. These pounds are literally the weight of the food digesting in your body, so ridding yourself of that does take a considerable amount off your stomach. To say the least, trust your gut. If a diet's too good to be true, it probably is. And besides, starving yourself is never a good idea, unless undernourishment is your goal.

Breakfast: Peanut butter on whole wheat toast and grapefruit
Lunch: Grilled chicken, seaweed salad, and tea egg (I was invited to a Chinese potluck today and the food was absolutely delicious! I'm actually forgetting about fast food these days, preferring to eat more natural things.)
Dinner: Grilled chicken salad

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